Do you want to add more flavor and nutrition to your diet? Learn more about how to use turmeric in your rice recipe!
- What is Turmeric?
- Benefits of Turmeric
- Easy Turmeric Rice Recipes to Enjoy
Spice Up Your Rice: Turmeric Rice Recipes to Try
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric, also referred to as the golden spice, comes from the flowering turmeric plant, a species belonging in the ginger family. It is cultivated in South East Asia and is used in the Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine.
The part of the plant used as a spice is the ground roots that look similar to ginger. Ground turmeric is often sold in spice jars and is commonly used in cooking, particularly as the main ingredient in curry powder. Some recipes such as turmeric rice, salads, and soups make use of turmeric to enhance flavor. It is also commercially made as teas, extracts, powders, capsules, and sometimes as a dye because of its yellow color.
Turmeric contains more than 100 plant components, of which a group of compounds called curcuminoids and volatile oil exhibit medicinal properties. One of its active ingredients is curcumin, known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Benefits of Turmeric
Aside from antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, turmeric and its active component, curcumin are known for other numerous health benefits, including:
- Anti-cancer effects
- Therapeutic benefits for skin
- Cardioprotective properties
- Liver damage prevention (hepatoprotective)
- Kidney damage prevention (nephroprotective)
- Helps suppress free radicals in the body (radioprotective)
- Aid in digestion
The beneficial effects of turmeric are typically achieved through dietary consumption over long periods. You can also reap the benefits of turmeric through topical creams, supplements, and essential oils.
Easy Turmeric Rice Recipes to Enjoy
We list down two delicious turmeric rice recipes you can try. The first one is a basic version, and the other is enhanced with coconut. These recipes are a simple yet flavorful and healthy variation you can try to savor your meal.
The Classic Golden Rice
Here we use everyday staples you can easily find in your pantry, plus chicken broth and, of course, turmeric powder. If you are a vegan, you may switch chicken broth to vegetable broth, and you will still enjoy this recipe. You may also use fresh turmeric roots and grind them on your own, although it might have a more robust flavor than the ready-made powder.
We also used butter and olive oil to bring in more flavor and help the body absorb the antioxidants in turmeric. Other things you can add include pepper, red pepper, thyme, and bay leaves.
How to Make Classic Turmeric Rice
Serves 1-2 persons
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup onions, finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 thumb-sized garlic, finely chopped
- 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1 ½ cups fresh or canned chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse jasmine or basmati rice until water runs clear, drain.
- Prepare a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add butter and olive oil.
- When butter and olive oil is slightly bubbling, add onion, garlic, and ginger. Saute for about a minute until softened.
- Add rice and turmeric. Stir until evenly mixed. Add chicken broth and bay leaf, let it simmer, then cover the pan. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
- Let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the broth is absorbed. Take out from heat and allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove leaf, fluff with a fork, and serve.
Extra Tip: Serve with roasted chicken or mackerel. You may also mix it up with sliced boiled eggs.
Turmeric and Coconut Rice
Make your turmeric rice more fragrant and creamy with this vegan-friendly recipe. Substituting white rice to brown rice is also an excellent option to increase your fiber.
How to Make Turmeric and Coconut Rice
Serves 2-4 persons.
- 2 cups Basmati or Jasmine rice, washed and drained
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 thumb-sized fresh ginger, grated
- 1-15 oz can coconut milk
- 2 cups vegetable broth or water
- Salt to taste
- Basil or cilantro for garnish
- Heat coconut oil in a large pot on medium-high temperature. Saute onion and garlic until soft for about a minute.
- Mix in turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Saute for another minute.
- Add rice and stir until rice and spices are evenly mixed. Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, and salt.
- Let it boil, cover and reduce to simmer on low for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
- Fluff with a fork and garnish with basil or cilantro.
Turmeric is well-known for its health and culinary uses. One of its health components, curcumin, is scientifically proven to have health benefits such as the potential to have anti-cancer effects. Turmeric is widely available in different forms, and you can easily add in your diet and recipes.
Have you tried turmeric rice? Let us know in the comments section below which recipe you like best!